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Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society 2013-14


The Penn State Schuylkill Alumni Society welcomed three new members to the Board at their March 2013 meeting. These members include – Dr. Michele Tellep, ’74, 88g, Kimberly Lorimer, ’98, ’03, and John Powers, ‘71.

In addition, the Board voted in the following officers for 2013 – 2014, David Gonzalez, ’02,’03,’04 , President, Jeffrey Vrabel, ’81, Vice President, and Sallie Sandler, ’86, ‘99g, Secretary/Treasurer.

Emily Bear
Emily R. Bear - 2014 Alumni Achievement Award recipient at Penn State University

Emily R. Bear is a 2006 graduate from Pottsville Hospital School of Nursing, Pottsville, PA. She later pursued her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Penn State World Campus and completed pre-medical requisites at Penn State Schuylkill and Berks Campuses. She is a staff nurse at Lehigh Valley Hospital and Health Network on the Transitional Trauma Unit. In 2012-2013, Emily took a leave of absence from her staff nurse position and spent eight weeks in Conakry, Guinea Africa volunteering as a vesicovaginal and rectovaginal fistula nurse aboard the Africa Mercy Ship. She learned transcultural nursing firsthand and was able to share her experiences with her formal School of Nursing at their all day seminar.

Emily has been a trauma nurse for over seven years and has been an active member on the unit’s Performance Improvement and Practice Committee. She has recently joined the Nightshift Nurse Council representing medical-surgical nurses and has spent numerous hours as a nurse preceptor to senior nursing students and nursing graduates. In 2008, she presented at the Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurse’s conference on an insulin infusion protocol.

In 2013, Emily and fellow laboratory partners were published e-Version in the International Journal of Chemistry for their research in organic chemistry. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Society of Trauma Nurses, and Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. Emily also belongs to the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing and Alpha Sigma Lambda, Phi Delta Chi member. In 2004, Emily was the recipient of Penn State Schuylkill’s first collegiate public speaking competition. She is a member of the Penn State Alumni Association.

Penn State Schuylkill Homecoming 2014

Penn State Schuylkill is celebrating 80 years! Please join us for HOMECOMING 2014 and 80th ANNIVERSARY EVENTS on October 5 - 12, 2014. Some events include:

First Annual Golf Tournament - Sunday, October 5, 2014 

80th Anniversary Gala - Thursday, October 9, 2014

Alumni Tailgate - Saturday, October 11, 2014

Second Annual Alumni Basketball Game - Sunday, October 12, 2014

For additional details, contact - Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or pts11@psu.edu.

Penn State names local attorney as Honorary Alumnus

Fred J. Wiest, retired partner of Williamson, Friedberg & Jones, LLC, Pottsville, PA, has been named as the Penn State Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumnus for 2013. The Penn State Alumni Association’s Honorary Alumni Program was created to recognize outstanding individuals who, though not graduates of Penn State, make significant contributions to Penn State’s welfare, prestige, and reputation. The award for becoming an Honorary Alumni, beyond the pride of being associated with this University, includes a life membership in the Penn State Alumni Association and a cast bronze medallion by internationally renowned artist Jeanne Stevens-Sollman.


The Association’s Alumni Council Awards Committee and the Council’s Executive Board unanimously agreed that Fred J. Wiest should be inducted and recognized as an Honorary Alumnus for 2013.


Mr. Wiest has served on the Penn State Schuylkill Advisory Board since January 1, 1954, making him the longest serving, living Board member. He has made numerous contributions to the Penn State Schuylkill, including establishing the Elizabeth S. and Fred J. Wiest Trustee Scholarship and the Faculty/Student Research Endowment at Penn State Schuylkill. The atrium in the Health & Wellness Building bears the name, “The Fred J. and Elizabeth S. Wiest Atrium”. 


Fred Wiest is a resident of Minersville, PA, a graduate of Swarthmore College and Harvard Law School.  He was admitted to the Pennsylvania Bar in 1941 and served as president of the Schuylkill County Bar Association from 1956 to 1957.  Mr. Wiest’s career spanned seventy years, focusing his practice in the fields of elder law, wills, estates and probate, real estate law and municipal law, until his retirement in June, 2012. He also served in the armed forces of the United States during World War II. 


Attorney Wiest survives his wife, Betty, and has two children, Marian Sommerfeldt and Richard J. Wiest, and two grandchildren.


The Honorary Alumni induction is set for May 31, 2013 at University Park, PA.  Honorary Alumni will join the University’s 2013 Distinguished Alumni for the recognition activities. 


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Penn State Day at Knoebels Amusement Resort

Join us for the fifth annual "Penn State Day at Knoebels" on Saturday, May 17, 2014, for a day of fun, food, and fantasy! Registration begins at 11:00 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. Tickets are $20.00 for adults and $10.00 for children. Reservations are required by May 3, 2014. Contact Patty Shoener at 570-385-6262 or pts11@psu.edu if you have any questions.

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